DCW 2016 Highlights
As we are just back from the second addition of Digital Construction Week that took place on 26-27th October at the Business Design Center in London, it is time to sit down and reflect on the important industry insights that we have learned and shared at this growing and forward-thinking event. Going further than exploring what digital means for the industry, this year’s event had a packed seminar programme featuring talks grouped by the theme of each theatre – focused on technology, practical uses of digital solutions, innovations and most importantly all things BIM.
The place to be: BIM Village
We were delighted to see that the BIM Village was one of the most densely attended stages with huge interest from mostly contractors, engineers, PMs and FMs. Opened by David Philp, the BIM Village had an over-encompassing focus on the reality of the UK built environment today and the needed steps towards a digitally enabled construction industry. The ample variety of talks were ranging from beginner level such as Casey Rutland’s brilliant presentation on how ‘BIM is for Everyone” to in-depth discussions on what does BIM mean for the Supply and Delivery chains, allowing visitors to ask owners, contractors, architects etc. specific questions about the challenges and opportunities they saw in the implementation of BIM processes. Overall, speakers were continuously highlighting the importance of digital data and getting the basics of BIM level 1 right first in order to have a smooth journey towards the next levels of BIM maturity.
Key takeaway: The basics done correctly are more cutting edge than anything!
Great impact: Paul Surin – Don’t do Lonely BIM and Hollywood BIM
At this year’s Digital Construction Week we did not see many construction product manufacturers – neither among the visitors nor among the exhibitors. A bright exception to that fact were Wienerberger who reaffirmed their role as digital thought leaders in the industry. On Day 2 of DigiConWeek, Wienerberger’s Head of Built Environment – Paul Surin discussed the work done in the CEN 442 committee and the importance of using common digital data dictionaries that enable BIM technologies to provide the promised benefits. He addressed all who were doing ‘Lonely BIM’ only through IT or single BIM initiatives, those who were doing ‘Hollywood BIM’ by focusing on visuals not on data by making the powerful statement that getting data right (interoperable, verified, validated, future-proof, platform independent) is at the heart of the whole BIM agenda and without it nothing can be done.
Key takeaway: “As manufacturers we have all the data that is important for BIM in some kind of form, we just need to digitise it, to connect the physical factories, with the end user and with the FM operators and we have to have a process in order to understand how that data is validated so we can ensure that as-designed matches as-built.” – Paul Surin
Interesting newcomer: Women in BIM
On many occasions we have seen that Women in BIM related roles have a strong voice in the construction industry and no one was surprised to witness the strong presence of the Women in BIM at the Digital Construction Week. Possibly one of the busiest exhibits, the Women in BIM was a point of interest for all DCW visitors. Set out to create a global online community of female BIM professionals who can freely support and mentor each other, the organisation was heavily supported by all professionals who agreed that encouraging women in the sector is vital for its development.
Key takeaway: The construction industry is changing and there are more and more opportunities for women to grow with confidence in a better, more diverse sector.
Digital Construction Week 2016 was packed with interest and both by exhibitors and visitors alike. Complemented by the latest and greatest innovations in virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D visualisations, digital data and the journey towards feeding the industry with this much required ‘raw material’ were at the focus of the show. It is at events such as this the myth about the construction industry being ‘conservative’ both towards innovation and diversity gets debunked. At Digital Construction Week we saw how new ideas of passion, collaboration and openness have already started to overcome the noise and dispel the old notions about the industry.
For more information visit the official site of the event: http://digitalconstructionweek.com/home
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